Name, College, and Year
Anant Prakash Mishra, NUJS Kolkata, First year
Organization and Address
Chambers of Senior Advocate Dharam Pal Singh, Allahabad High Court, Chamber Number 30, Prayagraj.
Residential Office Address: 13-H, Chatham Lines, Allahabad (Prayagraj), Pin 211002.
Duration of internship
18 April 2018 to 15 May 2018 i.e. 4 weeks.
How to Apply?
Senior Advocate Dharam Pal Singh usually takes interns when approached by personal contact or an acquaintance.
However one can easily apply through email at dpsingh1946[at]rediffmail.com or alternatively one can call at his office an enquire.
Contact number: 0532-2250780.
First day formalities, infrastructure, first impression
The day before my internship I got a call from one of his office members that I had to come to the Allahabad High Court on the next day at 2 pm.
From there one of sir’s associates picked me up and took me to the senior citizens’ chamber where Advocate Dharam Pal Singh was sitting along with some other Senior Advocates and stalwarts of the bar.
There I formally met sir and he also introduced me to various other seniors sitting in the room. Thereafter sir asked me about my studies, college and also talked about CLAT and Law firms.
Then sir told me to come in the evening to his office at 6 pm. Then sir instructed one of his associates to show me the whole High Court so that I could figure out the position of various courts.
After that, I was made to sit in a court where his associate explained to me the nature of the proceedings and some rules of the Allahabad High Court.
At 6 pm in the evening, I reached his office. This was at his residential address where his son was also working Advocate Siddharth Niranjan. He had 5 juniors and 2 munshis in the office.
The library was well stocked with almost all the important books and journals. I was given full freedom to read any file or any book which I desire.
On my first day, sir gave me the file of a criminal case and made me study the basics. It was a murder case and they had to make the bail application of the accused. So on my first day itself, I was explained about the basics of FIR, bail, post mortem, etc.
I worked till 9 pm in the office and then sir told me to see his cause list for the next day and then come at 10 am in the Marble Hall in front of the Chief Justice’s court.
I used to attend the court with sir in the morning from 10 am to 1 pm where I used to accompany sir and his juniors to the various courts where the matters of his office were listed. After lunch time I would accompany one of sir’s juniors to the criminal courts where I was just made to sit and observe the proceedings and arguments.
Then daily at 6 pm, I had to go to his office where he would give me a case to study and check my understanding of it. Then I used to look at the cause list for the next day and then the juniors would accordingly give me the files to study so that in the court I could follow the arguments.
For the first 3 weeks of my internship, I was made to work specifically on the criminal cases and then in the last week of my internship I was introduced to civil cases and some writ petitions also. I was also made to witness the dealings with the clients and the dictations given by sir to his stenographer and also the details of legal drafting.
I was given complete freedom and the juniors were very supportive. Sir was very understanding and he would personally solve all my queries. Saturdays and Sundays were off and on some days on my request, sir would reduce my work timings on the weekdays also.
Due to the busy schedule and a number of clients sir gets very little time to evaluate/discuss the findings of the interns. They really treat you like babies in the profession (which is in fact true).
Usually, in Allahabad High court the culture of stipend is not there but still if you have worked dedicatedly and have impressed everyone then you might have a chance.
Accommodation, commuting to the office
I was staying at my maternal Grandfather’s house in front of Anand Bhawan from where it takes 5 bucks by a rickshaw to reach his office.
The office is near Allahabad university/Bank road Chauraha where you can find a number of PG’s to stay and it takes just 20 bucks to reach High Court.